Raindrops

Top two shelves organized and all lit up!

Top two shelves organized and all lit up!

Budding out

Budding out

Last weekend I started the annual “I am going to try to keep things tidier routine”.

This year I started with the purchase of a new (to me) glass cabinet for my favourite dust catchers – the bone China Florals.  My collection is growing in leaps and bounds!  This is fun!

The cabinet sits in the corner beside my knitting chair and I will be able to look at the flowers all year long!

I have two rooms left to vacuum and dust and then my Spring cleaning efforts will be done until next year!

Gloriously bedazzled Camellia.  Crystalline raindrops festooning every petal!

Gloriously bedazzled Camellia. Crystalline raindrops festooning every petal!

The Camellia bush in the front yard is just starting to bloom. The mild Winter and early Spring has brought the blooms on early!

It has been raining pretty steadily here for the last day or so.   Beautiful,blooms accented with crystal raindrops has been the result!

Camellia blooms really do not care for the rain – they will quickly turn brown and fall off the bush, but right now they are glorious!

2 skeins of beautiful rose and silver!

2 skeins of beautiful rose and silver!

There is more pink in the house right now – some new yarn from The Buffalo Wool Co..

The amazing Shimmering Sexy DK in a deep rose.  I am itching to start working with it, but…..

…..I MUST FINISH RHIANNON!

Only 2 squares left, plus the edging and tassels!  I am feeling like it is now only a small matter of time!  (Despite the evening’s major mistake – 2 hours of knitting needs to be taken back!)

 

rhiannons cloak

 

I hope that you have had a great evening!  I certainly hope that it was more productive than mine!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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Exuberance!

Rosy Salmon Berry Blooms!

Rosy Salmon Berry Blooms!

Spring is coming on strong!  Everything is greening and colouring up.

Yesterday’s walk at Bowen Park surprised me with early blooming Rhododendrons in Hailey’s Grove, Curly Lilies along Millstone River, Skunk Cabbage in all the soft, swampy area’s of the park and Salmon Berry blooms adding their rosy punctuation everywhere.

Tree buds are bursting out, and the branches are greening up!  I hope that you enjoy the walk!

Happy Walking

Lynette

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Happiness Is….

New and unexpected places to discover where I live - a constant source of delight!  A tiny channel that runs next to the River at the Canyon - how many times have I been to the River without knowing that this was here!

……New and unexpected places to discover where I live – a constant source of delight! A tiny channel that runs next to the River at the Canyon – how many times have I been to the River without knowing that this was here!

.... a new bud just bursting out!

…. a new bud just bursting out!

I woke up this morning to hear that today has been deemed the International Day of Happiness.  It was created by the UN in 2012.

I think that every day should be a Happy Day – though, given human nature, that could be a tough one!  LOL!

What makes you happy?

I am pretty easy – family, friends, knitting, flowers, good food (sometimes even not so good food), where I live, things I do, things I collect.

...Spring flowers in an unexpected place.

…Spring flowers in an unexpected place.

... things I collect.  The first Aynsley floral!  Pansies are my favorite flower.

… things I collect. The first Aynsley floral! Pansies are my favorite flower.

I try to surround myself with Happy.

I may be a little naïve – but I think that we quite often make our happiness.  It is how we view the world – half empty or half full.  How we view the people in our world and how the world views us… I don’t put much stock into the stuff the world says that we need to have to be happy.

I put stock into the people that are in my life.  Those people that are in my home, my job and those people that I meet as I go about my day.

Knitting is perhaps the activity that gives me my greatest joy and happiness.  Planning the next project or playing with the new yarn – I am always creating and dreaming.  When we find out what we love, what we want to do with our time – happiness isn’t generally far away!

...... in the details!

…… in the details!

....knitting - for Summer Painting!

….knitting – for Summer Painting!

Right now I am working on the sample for this Summer’s Painting Class.  It will be a small shawl, knit with a medium weight mohair.  If you are at this years Vancouver Island Fibre Fest – you can watch me paint it.  I will be demoing the process with this shawl on Saturday – May 2!

I hope that you have a Happy Day!

Happy Knitting!

Lynette

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Waiting…..

My favorite harbinger of Spring!

My favorite harbinger of Spring!

It has been a New Year of Waiting……not the quiet, relaxed patient kind of waiting; but the hurry up and get it done so that the next thing on the list that has been waiting can be started or finished or accomplished or whatever!

The waiting is over.

A perfect grace note to start any day!

A perfect grace note to start any day!

A blanket of blossoms cover each tree.

A blanket of blossoms cover each tree.

The pace can be turned down a notch and I can stop and appreciate and share the notes that make my days so much more enjoyable!

I have been enjoying my favorite Cherry Tree Grove at the bottom of Departure Bay.  It started blooming last week and I admire it every morning on the way to work.  The blooms are glorious and the trees are filling in with the fresh growth.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!

Coming up next for me is the Stitches South Event in Nashville - April 22 to 26th.  I will be in the Buffalo Wool Co booth Friday and Saturday of that week and would love to meet you if you are in the area!  This event is so exciting for me.

Tamera wearing the Buffalo Gold project.

Tamera wearing the Buffalo Gold project.

Two years ago I entered a Facebook Design Contest that the Buffalo Wool Co was sponsoring – a chance to design with some truly unique yarn – Buffalo Gold – a yarn made up of 100% Buffalo Down with a thread of real gold running through it!  The Prize for the best design was a hank of that yarn for yourself as well as getting a pattern out there for all to see – knit in this amazing yarn!  Well I won the contest and the resulting collaboration was unexpected and has been so wonderful.

I have been designing for Ron and Theresa Miskin for almost two years and we are finally going to meet in person!  In Nashville! I am so stoked!

Remember the Stevie Nicks Design contest - well – my shawl, Rhiannon’s Cloak, will be finished and on the Nashville runway Friday evening.  I can hardly wait to share it with you.

In about 4 weeks this will be finished!

In about 4 weeks this will be finished!

Twined mittens - two colours and wonderful textures.

Twined mittens – two colours and wonderful textures.

The next weekend., May 2nd and 3rd, I will be teaching at the Vancouver Island Fibre Festival.  Classes open for Registration March 16th.  I am teaching Twined Knitting and Demonstrating Painting Lace Knitting With Dyes – see you there.

I hope that you have been busy and happy over the last few months!  I am looking forward to blogging again – much more regularly!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

 

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Soaring High

Red-tailed Hawk (I think) just about to soar up and over Richards Marsh.

Red-tailed Hawk (I think) just about to soar up and over Richards Marsh.

Friends for life!

Friends for life!

The Retreat is over and went well.  I saw some finished mittens and hats half done and a great many happy retreaters.  I think that I will focus on small projects with big impact for the next Retreat – it worked great this time.

A group of friends who come to the Retreat almost every year now were willing to play with me as I took pictures of the patterns – we had a lot of fun!

Belted Kingfisher from across the Marsh - messy crest and blue bands - the blue is so brilliant in the sun.

Belted Kingfisher from across the Marsh – messy crest and blue bands – the blue is so brilliant in the sun.

The Retreat handout is now an E-book on Ravelry – Winter Series.  Right now you can use the code Retreat 2015 to purchase the Winter Series E-Book from Ravelry for a 25% discount – $12.00 US in stead of $16.00 US.  The E-book holds all of the patters with some options to personalize them with changing the bands.  The patterns are also available as singles – Winter Crossings - Winter Skies - Winter Dancers and Winter Shadows.

I have been walking regularly and taking pictures all the time.  I will take time to share as the month progresses.

A detail of a long forgotten time.

A detail of a long forgotten tome.

Yesterday we walked at Richards Marsh – an amazing place.  I saw many birds – even managed to take a few shots.  We stopped at the Chase River Estuary to check out the changes there.  I love this old car.

We have been blessed with a very mild Winter to date.  My bulbs are coming up and the mini Iris’s are blooming!  I am so worried that there might be a late freeze – I lost my Magnolia tree to an April snowfall – the weight of the snow knocked the tree over and it never came back!  I worry, but we will wait and enjoy!

Watching me - watching him.

Watching me – watching him.

I have one project left with a heavy deadline – it is almost there!  Then I can breath again.  The Slideshow below is from the Nanaimo River Walk – Indian Plum in bloom, fruit tree gone wild, the delicate tracery of tree against the grey sky and soft fog all around.

Happy Knitting

Lynette

A Great Blue Heron across Richards Marsh.

A Great Blue Heron across Richards Marsh.

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Playing Hooky!

 

River Queen

River Queen

Amazingly beautiful day!

Amazingly beautiful day!

Long weekend + spring fever = playing hooky!

Started out with fog and then the skies cleared.

Started out with fog and then the skies cleared.

I didn’t play hooky the whole weekend – I worked on the patterns for the Retreat as well and some other knitting – but my heart – and my hands – worked feverishly on this idea!

New colour of Tracks – Bau Blue – and the dangling leaf beads – and the idea!  Meet River Queen!  New pattern will be released next month!  After I finish everything else that I need to get done!  LOL!

We also went on a new walk this weekend – the skies cleared and the then sun shone and we had a wonderful walk!  We tried out part of the Trans Canada Trail - the part with the Haslam Suspension Bridge!

I hope that you have a great week.  Mine will be busy!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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Apologies, Apologies!

The Sun and Moon Pin by Frank Nelson - a beautiful gift from my daughter to wear with my many shawls.

The Sun and Moon Pin by Frank Nelson – a beautiful gift from my daughter to wear with my many shawls.

I am so sorry for the long delay between posts!

Winter Shadows - fingerless mittens for the Retreat.

Winter Shadows – fingerless mittens for the Retreat.

It has been a crazy busy start to this year and doesn’t look like it will let up until the end of this month.  I have two deadlines to get through; the Retreat and one other.  Please be patient as my life will reset back to normal then!

Last year was incredible and this year is shaping up to be even better!  As of the beginning of the year I am now the Creative Director of the Buffalo Wool Co.  Sounds grand doesn’t it!  It really means that I keep on doing what I have been doing – but I have a title to go with it!

Winter Dancers - a mosaic slouchy hat for the Retreat!

Winter Dancers – a mosaic slouchy hat for the Retreat!

Winter Skies - a simpler hat for the Retreat.

Winter Skies – a simpler hat for the Retreat.

Details.

Details.

I went a little crazy on projects for the Retreat – it now stands at 3 hat options and a pair of fingerless mittens.  I have been totally consumed with the combinations and variations on these techniques!  To add to it all – the latest Vogue Knitting – more than half of the patterns are worked in Mosaic Stitch.  The Retreat is styling this year!

I am working on those patterns this week and into next – the retreat is only two and half weeks away!

Promises and teasers - of the Spring ahead.

Promises and teasers – of the Spring ahead.

Last night I left my knitting at work – by accident – but I sometimes wonder if it really was “accidental”  – gave me time to work on this post!

I am still walking every weekend and have so many pictures that I now don’t know where to start!

Foggy Views

Foggy Views

I have had to start deleting and editing and moving my pictures – another time grabber – but I have completely filled up the memory on my computer!  In order to download and edit I need room!

Last Sunday we walked at Morden Colliery Park.  Soft rain and foggy views – but there were snowdrops coming up through the leaves and other promises of Spring – I do hope we don’t get heavy snow or a hard freeze – that will kill all of the small bits of green!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

Pushing gamely up through the dead leaves and debris of last Fall!

Pushing gamely up through the dead leaves and debris of last Fall!

 

 

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